PSP2 Talk Picks Up

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Posted by Jeff (3627 posts) -
Not the actual PSP2. Because there is no PSP2... right?
People have been spreading rumors about Sony's next handheld platform for years. But most of it? Utter nonsense mixed with wishful thinking. Between design student mock-ups and the never-ending desire for a second analog stick, I'm pretty sure that talk about the next PSP started, well, right around the time people starting buying the first PSP.

And now there's more PSP-sequel news from a sort-of-unlikely source: Acclaim's David Perry. Yes, the same man who brought you such hits as Earthworm Jim and Cool Spot is laying it down via everyone's favorite microblogging service, the Twitter.

In an effort that must be absolutely lauded, Kotaku decided to break the weird Internet 3.0 cycle of reporting "MAN SAYS SOMETHING ON TWITTER, FILM AT 11" that myself and plenty of others have gotten into and actually followed up with Perry to see if he had more to say. And hey! He did!
"I spoke to a developer who is working on it right now," he said. "I know this developer is already working on it, so that means they have a prototype. That would sound like a fall release to me."
Perry also states that the unit is sounding like it'll ship without a UMD drive, and he further speculates that consumers will receive games as digital downloads. So, I guess, it's like an iPhone but with games that actually resemble meaningful interactive experiences instead of more-gimmicky versions of old cell phone games?

Separately from all this, we've also heard from an Anonymous Source type that the buttons on the new PSP may be significantly different from the existing layout. Who knows if that will pan out, but if I were designing a new PSP, I'd at least put a full DualShock-style layout on there. Might as well toss in some motion control, just to keep up with what Apple's been doing. And hey, maybe do a touch screen, just for kicks! Of course, that stuff gets expensive fast, so maybe asking for all that is a bit much. But hey, let's get pie in the sky on this, right?

It's a fascinating prospect, and with all of the PSP-focused game announcements coming out of that retailer conference in Arizona, it certainly sounds like Sony's gearing up to take the portable market more seriously this year. Add to that the way that every single outlet on the Internet seems to have at least one or two other "trusted sources" to back up Perry's details, it's pretty clear that something's up.

#1 Posted by Jeff (3627 posts) -
Not the actual PSP2. Because there is no PSP2... right?
People have been spreading rumors about Sony's next handheld platform for years. But most of it? Utter nonsense mixed with wishful thinking. Between design student mock-ups and the never-ending desire for a second analog stick, I'm pretty sure that talk about the next PSP started, well, right around the time people starting buying the first PSP.

And now there's more PSP-sequel news from a sort-of-unlikely source: Acclaim's David Perry. Yes, the same man who brought you such hits as Earthworm Jim and Cool Spot is laying it down via everyone's favorite microblogging service, the Twitter.

In an effort that must be absolutely lauded, Kotaku decided to break the weird Internet 3.0 cycle of reporting "MAN SAYS SOMETHING ON TWITTER, FILM AT 11" that myself and plenty of others have gotten into and actually followed up with Perry to see if he had more to say. And hey! He did!
"I spoke to a developer who is working on it right now," he said. "I know this developer is already working on it, so that means they have a prototype. That would sound like a fall release to me."
Perry also states that the unit is sounding like it'll ship without a UMD drive, and he further speculates that consumers will receive games as digital downloads. So, I guess, it's like an iPhone but with games that actually resemble meaningful interactive experiences instead of more-gimmicky versions of old cell phone games?

Separately from all this, we've also heard from an Anonymous Source type that the buttons on the new PSP may be significantly different from the existing layout. Who knows if that will pan out, but if I were designing a new PSP, I'd at least put a full DualShock-style layout on there. Might as well toss in some motion control, just to keep up with what Apple's been doing. And hey, maybe do a touch screen, just for kicks! Of course, that stuff gets expensive fast, so maybe asking for all that is a bit much. But hey, let's get pie in the sky on this, right?

It's a fascinating prospect, and with all of the PSP-focused game announcements coming out of that retailer conference in Arizona, it certainly sounds like Sony's gearing up to take the portable market more seriously this year. Add to that the way that every single outlet on the Internet seems to have at least one or two other "trusted sources" to back up Perry's details, it's pretty clear that something's up.

#2 Edited by BawlZINmotion (714 posts) -

I'm not sure releasing a new platform during a recession is a great idea, but we'll see how it goes.

#3 Posted by JJOR64 (19023 posts) -

I just hope this has two analog sticks.

#4 Posted by Cube (4366 posts) -

Cool stuff. I'd buy a PSP2.

#5 Edited by RealEddie (47 posts) -

About time.
I love my PSP and I hope they will fix the stuff that was missing on it, like duel analogue sticks.

#6 Edited by Buckwyld (32 posts) -

I heard it runs on nuclear batteries with a 42 Terabyte SSD. That's not even the coolest thing bout it. You can connect up to 6000 and 1 PSPs together to achieve the Singularity.

#7 Posted by Doogie2K (216 posts) -

But can you hook the singularity into your mind?  That's the real shit.  (iPhone II, Summer 2010.)

#8 Posted by AspiringAndy (332 posts) -

But, I only just got my psp..

#9 Posted by Death_Unicorn (2838 posts) -

Two analog sticks, and it's an instant buy. The current handheld generation hasn't really been hooking me lately. I miss the GameBoy :(

#10 Posted by welshy023 (38 posts) -

Damn I just got one.
Oh well I'll buy it.

#11 Posted by Floppypants (798 posts) -

As others have said, the PSP2 needs dual analog sticks.  The PSP1 would have been great for FPS games if they had just put a second analog nub on.  A healthy FPS game library would make the PSP2 stand out against the DS.

#12 Posted by edenspresence (69 posts) -

I really hope it doesn't have a touch screen. The thing that is annoying me about Nintendo's consoles recently is that developers feel they have to "Uses the motion control in a clever way" to every game they make. I want Sony to stick to just really good games with normal controls. (I suppose motion sensing is ok)

#13 Posted by phlegms (1607 posts) -

Do they really need another hardware update at this stage?
I would of thought they would be better off trying to secure more exclusive titles for it rather than trying to stir up interest with new hardware. Seems like sony really have lost their touch....

#14 Posted by Scratch (628 posts) -

Now is not the right time to introduce a new hardware upgrade.

#15 Posted by Kohe321 (3529 posts) -

Cool, I'd buy a psp2 I think...

#16 Posted by Hampe (177 posts) -

The PSP has had great titles, and this year doesn't seem to disappoint with titles like Little Big Planet and Resistance.

Been playing the PSP pretty much every day for a year, so I would buy a PSP2 without question!

#17 Posted by Karmum (11519 posts) -

Eek, if you are going to make a concept image, try and make it good!

#18 Posted by Snail (8617 posts) -

Stupid rumors keep was waiting in ignorance.

#19 Posted by F1 (346 posts) -

I hope they don't put a touchscreen. They need to learn from PS3. The next one should be more affordable, or at least cost aware.
There are still plenty of games that makes me want to rebuy the first PSP for, so I would hope the PSP2 is backward compatible...

#20 Posted by SunKing (686 posts) -

To my understanding, the PSP has sold over fifty million units so far. That means that there is a huge market audience out there with the console, and hopefully, willing to pay for games on it. There isn't much the PSP could benefit from apart from a better control layout and a new storage format. I still believe that the PSP has the technological capabilities to be a great portable console. The problem isn't so much with the console, it's the way games are designed around it. Oh, and the piracy issue.

#21 Posted by coffeesash (347 posts) -

For gawds sake give it a clamshell or something, I'm constantly afraid I'll scratch the screen. Also, make the paintwork matte so that I'm not constantly rubbing dust and fingerprints off it.

#22 Posted by reversethedevil (99 posts) -

so, the big thing with the psp2 will definitely have to be the addition of an additional analog stick, otherwise who cares?

#23 Posted by Karmann (622 posts) -

psp is almost perfect as-is, add a second analog, vibration "on-off for battery life", and a higher res screen, "same size though", maybe make it LED for better battery life and a slimmer profile.

#24 Posted by albedos_shadow (1485 posts) -

Thank god, I really need a reason to play some PSP games again.

#25 Posted by TheWonderingSamurai (2 posts) -

Would love to play another Ratchet & Clank game for the PSP(2).

#26 Posted by redeye1984 (93 posts) -


Its kinda cool if the new PlayStation Portable looks like this...

#27 Edited by Weltal (2274 posts) -

Man, that PSP2 mock up looks fucking terrible. Seriously, who would go through the trouble of designing such an awful concept for the next PSP? You'd have to manipulate the analog sticks with your ring fingers. What the hell?

#28 Posted by TurboMan (7605 posts) -

I'd buy a PSP2 if sony got there shit together and realised that portable games should be portable, and not just "Home console on the go!"

#29 Posted by Mushir (2389 posts) -
redeye1984 said:
"

Its kinda cool if the new PlayStation Portable looks like this...

"
That looks pretty sweet, but Im afraid it wouldn't be very comfortable. The buttons are so closed together.
#30 Edited by FlipperDesert (2096 posts) -

I personally think they'd be completely insane to try and release a new console given the economy right now, but I have been meaning to buy a PSP since I haven't got one yet...

Also, mockup above me is too thin and uncomfortable-looking to hold, the one in the story looks damn huge and kinda ugly.

#31 Posted by ZeroCast (1869 posts) -

That is the most pathetic design i ever saw in my life.

If there's ever going to be a PSP2, i doubt it would be released this year or even the year after, probably because the PSP Era is not over yet, it's still too early.

#32 Edited by MikeyZeroG (46 posts) -
A lot of us have lost our faith in Sony's support for their hardware.  This morning I saw incredibly cheaps PS3s advertised on techbargain.com (40GB refurbished units for like$ 260) for sale at TigerDirect, and I was like "pass."  The only reason to buy a PS3 is for MGS4, and god-willing that will arrive on the 360 one day. 

I'm gonna get a DSi, sure, but another PSP?  Sony needs to give back to gamers  a bit more before gaining our trust, in my opinion.  As much as it's not cool to love Microsoft, look at everything they've done in terms of Xbox Live.  My advice for Sony: A, B, C

A: Acknowlege the misstakes you've made in failing to properly support the PS3
B: Be aggressive in acquiring new exclusives for your existing hardware
C: Challenge the 360's dominance in terms of online play, ease of use, and other features

A, B, C -- Always Be Closing.  Oops, I mean...well, see above.
#33 Posted by Media_Master (3283 posts) -

sony has to learn from its mistakes, and I think it will with the PSP2

#34 Posted by Alphazero (1539 posts) -

No Pokemans, no deal.

Oh, them Poke-mans. They're super effective.

#35 Posted by InFamous91 (931 posts) -

This is some good stuff from Sony......No UMD drive????, thats kind of weird

#36 Edited by sloppyjoe (405 posts) -

How did you upgrade to internet 3.0?? I'm still running on version 2.0.

Anyways, I've been wanting to have a reason to get a PSP.  Almost got a 3000, but the screen sucks.  And there needs to be more than one or two games that I want to play on it.  Games, Sony... games!!  At least get square-enix on board with more than one game.

#37 Posted by Avalon (9 posts) -

i just can't imagine them relying solely on digital distribution for their games. It seems like they would deny themselves millions of customers which have either no internet or slow internet. If they do remove the UMD drive (which seems likely at this point) i hope that Sony will still produce physical copies of their games i.e. using memory sticks or another means altogether. If they want the psp2 to catch on they should make it customizable from the get go with custom firmwares etc because lets face it a vast amount of people with psp's "hack" them so that they can function the way they want them to.

^^Lastly that mock up looks terrible ughh so uncomfortable

#38 Edited by DukeTogo (1504 posts) -

Do drive makes sense, designing it around the PSN with a very probable paid service (sorry folks the free ride is over) that allows you to buy, rent, and possibly stream games and video is the way to go for a modern portable.  If Nintendo and Sony sit on their collective fat Japanese asses, they will get left behind by the iPhone.  Remember when no less than a year ago the announcement by Apple that the iPhone was a gaming platform was considered a joke?  Who's laughing now?  They way it's going devices like the iPhone will outpace "real" handhelds very quickly.

It also seems like the posibility of a PSPhone is very likely in the future.

The only downside is losing the backwards compatibility of the old UMDs out there, but that just means Sony can sell you them again on the store, just like the recently added Ghosts n Goblins.  Nintendo waited a very long time before losing the old GB/A cart slot.  But lo and behold they are going to start selling old games via download so it's already pointing to the inevitable future of DLC being the only way of getting games.  It also fixes that whole used game market "problem".

#39 Posted by GamerGeek360 (1959 posts) -

Something is indeed up, but what is that something? Nobody knows...

#40 Posted by TooWalrus (13237 posts) -

No, no more touch screens, between the DS, the iPhone and the stupid touch-screen PC's, I've had enough of that. I like buttons! Seriously, what's wrong with buttons?

#41 Posted by ShiroMe (130 posts) -

Sony better protect their nuts because nobody is taking my disks.

#42 Posted by supremebeing87 (4 posts) -

I would not buy a PSP 2 if the games were digital downloads unless it came with a huge ammount of internal storage-memory or a huge memory unit for no extra cost, because I'm not going to buy a bunch of PRO DUOs. Anyway, I also don't think the design of the "PSP2" (if that's what they'll even call it) will vary much from the original PSP. I think they'd make it a little more comfortable on the hands and add another stick, maybe, and probably go for two more shoulder buttons, other than that, there really isn't anything they should do to the main design. Dualshock 2 and 3 changed very, very, very little from Dualshock 1 aside from 'better' rumble, motion sensing and R2/L2 being more 'trigger-like'. The controller for the PSP is comfortable enough for most people, so I don't think they'll change it too much. Other than that, I'm excited to have a hand-held that could possibly put out better games that aren't just PS2 games with slightly worse graphics.

#43 Posted by Otacon (2209 posts) -

I'm not sure they are going to go for an internal overhaul here, maybe a redesign.

#44 Posted by Ubergeist (416 posts) -

I had a PSP at launch but got bored with it too fast. If this one is way better I'll be getting it. Mostly for LBP.

#45 Posted by BiG_Weasel (524 posts) -

What the game plan should be is:

  • Keep as close to the slim form factor as possible, while adding in more powerful CPU/GPU, more memory and a 2nd thumbstick
  • Include a UMD slot and make it backwards compatible. New games should use the same format (or possibly Blu-Ray high-capacity UMD??? ;)
  • Possibly add a QWERTY keyboard for easier web browsing. The text entry on the PSP sucks!
  • Make the system with a clamshell/lid so it's self-contained as a portable device. Also, matte finish so it won't be a fingerprint magnet.
  • Charge over USB capability.
  • Keep the price point under $250, with good pack-ins (4gb memory card min, all the cables you'll ever need, etc)

I just bought m PSP back on Black Friday, but I'd buy a new PSP if they at least make it backwards compatible, with a fair price point (and 2nd analog stick)
#46 Posted by Oriental_Jams (3063 posts) -

Well, my PSP is unfortunately collecting dust, none of the games really appeal to me, so this'll have to impress me to even get me thinking about getting one or I might just invest in a DS Lite or a DSi.

#47 Posted by Aaron_G (1616 posts) -

Are games planed for it?

#48 Posted by TobyD81 (1228 posts) -

Take out the UMD, stick in a hard drive or high-capacity memory stick, put the entire back catalogue on PS Store for download, and I'm in.

#49 Posted by Francois (19 posts) -

I'm not buying one if it looks as ugly as that picture.  The first psp looked good, the second one should look at least as good as the first.

#50 Posted by MordeaniisChaos (5730 posts) -

Hmmmz. Might be interested in this. I liked the PSP, but it never really seemed worth the time and money. Maybe this will change my mind.

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